A young Indian expatriate represented Qatar in the World Economic Forum (WEF) recently held in Davos, Switzerland as one of the 50 Global Shapers invited every year at the forum.
Neeshad Shafi, a member of the Global Shaper Doha Hub, along with the shapers from other parts of the world raised important issues from responding to disasters and combating poverty, to fighting climate change and building inclusive communities.
Neeshad’s application was accepted for his contribution in Qatar towards raising awareness about climate change and advocacy for sustainable development goals. Community recently spoke to him about his experience of being in Davos as a young leader from Qatar.
When asked to comment on the significance of being a part of the 50 global shapers at Davos, Neeshad said: “The Global Shapers are a network of more than 7,000 young people working to address local, regional and global challenges. It is an initiative of WEF. Around 50 of them get invited to the forum every year. It is a huge mandate regarding my work on climate change advocacy and awareness in Qatar and to Doha Hub of Global Shapers for doing extraordinary work in our own respective communities.”
Regarding the selection criterion for WEF, he said: “To apply for it, you need to be a global shaper with any hub across the globe. I submitted a video message highlighting different works that I have been doing in Qatar. I feel proud that I was selected based on my immense work with the hub and as well as for my initiative of Arab Youth Climate Movement Qatar. I was able to give young people – (especially from Arab World) a voice at the gathering, where older politicians and corporate leaders tend to dominate.